One of the weirder aspects of the whole diaper business is that while there seems to be a new or revised product every month, some older trusted and proven products disappear from the market and you need to look for alternatives. This is a situation that came about when the foil-coated version of the Tena Slip was pulped and people were eager to try out other foil-based products. Personally I’m neutral with regards to whether or not a diaper has a breathable/ cloth surface or a foil as long as it fits well and is cosy. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, though at least for my fecal incontinence plastic surfaces provide better protection and are preferable. Anyway, since I had been following these discussions and the ID Expert Slip Super was prominently mentioned in many of them, I gave it a spin.
The first thing that took me by surprise was the unusual packaging. Similar to the Dry 24/7 it uses the long format rather than the more common 4:3 ratio packs of other manufacturers. If nothing else, this required me to rearrange the stacking in my stockpile. It also makes carrying a cardboard box with four of these packages up to my flat on the fifth floor via stairs a lot more complicated. Quite a bit of heavy-lifting. On the other hand having 28 pieces in a package and paying only 15 Euros per package on some occasions smells like too good a price, so one happily puts up with these little issues.
As may be visible in the picture, the shape of the diaper is very, very nice. Let me tell you that I’m feeling pretty sexy wearing it! There’s a few things aside from the normal good overall fit that contribute to this. One of the main reasons is the plastic cover that feels very smooth. Similar to the much more expensive Rearz and Dry 24/7 products it has just the right thickness and softness to not crinkle too much or be prone to unwanted stretching or ripping. Naturally this also helps with positioning the tapes in that you can gently pull them off should you not get things right the first time.
The other bit of excellence is the absorbent pad. It’s soft and fluffy as in really fluffy, which is rare. Most other pads in this price range tend to be a bit more coarse. Interestingly, at the same time the pad is pretty stable and also does not fall apart when wet. This makes you wonder why other manufacturers can’t manage to achieve that. I also like that especially in the front area the pad extends over the entire groin. That’s in my opinion a weak spot in many products that have been over-optimized a bit too much for being unobtrusive/ invisible and where the area of the pad ends prematurely. It may sound strange, but a bit more of that stuff pushing against your lower abdomen can hugely improve the feeling of security because liquid can’t run off sideways. One of the reasons why I prefer those thick nappies normally only meant for the most severe cases or night use.
The one tiny dark cloud – in my world at least – is the slightly too short back side once again. Technically that’s not a real shortcoming, but I seem to have that spot on my spinal column near the lumbar (pelvic) vertebrae that just wants to be covered to get that safe feeling. Interestingly the strengthening tape in the back would help this, too, if it wasn’t for those two missing centimeters.
Minor niggles aside, it should be clear that I’m pretty taken in by this product. It’s reasonably priced and at the same time well balanced and sophisticated. It feels comfortable and can take a lot of liquid. I’ve worn this diaper on several long excursions to doctors for more than half a day and it never had any leakage. It’s definitely worth its money. The only thing you need to be careful about is actually getting this exact product. Like with most manufacturers, there are different “versions” of products in different countries and while I trust that the breathable versions are similar enough and offer many of the same good features, there may be some caveats.